French firm wins $1.5 billion for a railway suspension system in Baghdad

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By Ali Shattab

Azzaman, February 12, 2013

Iraq has signed a deal with the French firm Alstom for the construction of a suspension trains system in Baghdad.

The deal was signed by Baghdad Governor Salah Abdulrazzaq and Alstom representatives in the Iraqi capital.

Alstom, a global leader in railways systems, will design the project and implement its first phase “which will cost $1.5 billion,” said Abdulrazzaq.

“The aim of the project is to ease congestions in Baghdad and provide a fast means of transport between the capital’s most densely populated neighborhoods,” he said.

The first phase will be 25 kilometers long and will require the building of 14 stations.

Iraq will pay the project’s cost to the French firm in installments over a six-year period.

Abdulrazzaq said there was a second phase, but he did not mention when a contract for its construction will be announced.